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Ron Farmer's 1946 Chevy Pickup

November 2015

Ron Farmer's 1946 Chevy Pickup

From the time I was a young child I have always been interested in cars & trucks, the older the better. I loved working on cars as a teen with step brothers and that lead into me becoming an auto technician for my career. However, that wasn’t enough. I always had a dream to build a custom hot rod. It was a goal of mine and I set out to achieve it. When I was in my late 20’s I searched high and low for a complete Chevy cab between 1940-46. After 1 ½ years I finally found a 1946 Chevy 1 ½ ton cab. Purchased from an old guy in  Harrison, Arkansas for $250.00. This project of building my own custom vehicle took me 17 years to complete due to time constraints, lack of extra finances, and day to day life of raising a family. Over the course of the 17 years I stripped the cab down, did what metal work it needed, modified it by suiciding the doors, raising the floor 4 ½”, cutting 6” off the bottom of the doors, shaved the bottom of the cab, and finished the metal work under the doors. I removed the front windshield frame and installed a V bent windshield. Once the metal work was done on the cab I built a 2x4 rectangular tubing frame that was z’d front and rear. The front suspension was from a 1967 Chevy Corvair that I installed and modified to take Chevy S10 front disc brakes from the ball joints out. • The rear end is a 1982 Chevy S10 Pickup. It was installed with Thorbeck Brothers fourlink suspension and coilovers. • The motor I installed is from a 1996 Chevy Pickup 5.7 liter vortec. • The transmission is a 700R4 from a 1992 Chevy Caprice. • The bucket seats I got out of a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire. • The steering column and steering wheel were from a 1989 Pontiac Fierro. • The truck bed was made from a 1936 Dodge Pickup that I cut down and modified. • The interior of the truck bed I made from extra beech wood I had on hand. All of my rubber products, window felts, and glass channels were purchased from Chev   s of the 40’s. My wife chose the color once the hot rod was ready to be painted and I have to say she did good! I unassembled the whole truck and painted it myself in my 2 car garage.  Not bad for my first paint job ever and I would say not bad for my first custom hot rod I ever built! Now I’m addicted and building another 2 seater custom hot rod. Hopefully it won’t take 17 years! Ron Farmer